Running Start for School


A new school year means buying new school supplies, but for lower-income families buying new school supplies may be wishful thinking. United Way of Olmsted County understands that a child's triumph in school today leads to a better tomorrow for our community. By giving children school supplies, we're giving children a running start for school and a hopeful start towards a brighter future.

4,259 students received school supplies this year through United Way's Running Start for School. Thanks to all our donors, volunteers and community partners who made this year so successful.

How it Works

Individuals or groups collect school supplies and drop them off at United Way of Olmsted County in Rochester at the beginning of August. The school supplies are sorted then distributed to students in late August. For more information about Running Start, take a look at our Quick Facts Sheet (Leer en español).

  • Are you eligible for free school supplies through Running Start? Read more
  • Want to help collect supplies or volunteer? Click here